In French, 100 to 999 work just like in English - just say how many hundreds and then add the other numbers. Note that when cent is at the end of the number, it takes an s, but when it's followed by another number, the s is dropped.
101 cent un
125 cent vingt-cinq
200 deux cents
201 deux cent un
243 deux cent quarante-trois
1,000+ are also similar to English, but there are a few things to note:
- The separator is a period or space, rather than a comma (learn more)
- Mille never takes an s, but million and milliard do
- When reciting a long number, you can pause to take a breath at the separator (after mille, million, or milliard)
- When million and milliard are followed by a noun, you need de in between: un million de dollars - a million dollars
2,000 deux mille - 2 000 or 2.000
2,500 deux mille cinq cents - 2 500 or 2.500
10,498 dix mille quatre cent quatre-vingt-dix-huit - 10.498 or 10 498
1,000,000 un million
2,000,000 deux millions
3,800,107 trois millions huit cent mille cent sept - 3.800.107 or 3 800 107
a billion un milliard
The consonants at the end of the French numbers cinq, six, huit, and dix are pronounced when at the end of a sentence or in front of a vowel, but silent when followed by a word beginning with a consonant (such as cent, mille, million, and stylo). For example, huit is normally pronounced [weet] and huit enfants is [wee ta(n) fa(n)], but huit cents is pronounced [wee sa(n)].
The numbers for some years have special pronunciation rules - see my lesson on years in French.
- faire les quatre cents coups - to sow one's wild oats